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Miranda Lambert on CMAs, Women's Empowerment, and Her Favorite New Hobby

Miranda Lambert on CMAs, Women's Empowerment, and Her Favorite New Hobby

Country star Miranda Lambert is getting ready for her big CMA Awards performance in Nashville. One day before the show, “Extra’s” special correspondent Alecia Davis spoke with Lambert as she belted out “To Learn Her” at rehearsals.

Lambert is heading into the night with five nominations. She shared, “It never gets old to hear your name. Believe me, it's still surprising. You know, I still get butterflies and nervous when the nominations come out. I've dedicated my life to country music and to be rewarded for it makes it all worth it — it gives you validation.”

Lambert is nominated for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Music Video of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year. If she had to pick one to take home, it would be Album of the Year. Why? Miranda explained, ”I put out a double record. ‘The Weight of These Wings’ is my real honest thoughts more than ever, and kind of a diary of my journey. That would mean the world.”

The CMAs are shaping up to be a potentially emotional show in the wake of the recent mass shootings, including the Vegas massacre at a country music festival. Miranda commented, “That was something that shook us all really hard and, you know, I think more than ever this year, at the CMAs we need to be together. We all need to see each other and hug each other. They always say country music is a family and it is… We all worked together at some point, so it sort of like it happened to all of us. I’m excited to celebrate country music together after something so negative.”

Known for her empowerment anthems like “Little Red Wagon,” Lambert also weighed in on the brave women and men coming forward to speak out against sexual harassment and assault. She said, “I think it's brave. Wish it would have happened sooner. I'm proud of women… not being ashamed, but being... you know... confronting the situation, I think it's really cool, and I'm really thankful that I, you know, my career in country music and in Nashville... I've just had such great experiences and it makes me really thankful for that."

Miranda is also taking up a new hobby after 10 months of touring — canning! Before she got off the road, Miranda ordered jars and canning books, sharing, “I got home and I made my first batch. I called it Trying and Flying Pickles… I’m just loving it… It turned out really great! I didn’t know I had a secret talent of pickling, they’re good pickles.”